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October 24, 2016

Mililani Trask OHA potential conflict of interest

I support Chris Lee. IMO, He is smart, conscientious and has done good things for his district and the State.

I have always felt Mililani Trask was more interested in her power than in serving the community. Now I feel I have collaboration for what till now was simply a gut feeling. Representative Lee’s letter follows. It is very revealing of what I believe is a pattern of behavior.

From Rep. Chris K C Lee Oct. 20 2016
Aloha,

I wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t critically important.

There is a race I’m writing to ask for your consideration for get
involved with. I argue it’s the most important race in Hawaii this
election year. That’s because it’s outcome will determine whether we
will retain our ability to continue pushing on environmental issues, or
if everything will become exponentially harder. Our biggest wins in
recent years – (and many wouldn’t have been possible without groups like the Sierra Club –
from our 100% renewable mandate, to our water issues, to the
Papahanumokuakea expansion), were only possible because of the support of
Native Hawaiian leaders.

OHA doesn’t represent all Native Hawaiian
voices, but they do represent a significant voice from that community.
Without public support from OHA, I can promise you these victories would
not have been possible, or would have been severely watered down.
Politically, that voice supportive of our issues is about to be silenced.

With the credibility of the S C and other environmental groups already
diminished because there’s no longer involvement with elections, I’ve
been cashing in my political capital along with a few others, in order
to keep pushing things forward. But there’s only so much of that to go
around and after this election cycle, there won’t be much political
leverage left. The most painful nail in the coffin will be the loss of
regular support of OHA for our issues. That group’s support alone isn’t
going to pass legislation, but without it, it will certainly stop things
from moving. That’s because opponents look for any reason to kill a
bill, and if there’s a question about where the Native Hawaiian
community falls, it’s one of the easiest ways to stop a bill or
initiative in it’s tracks.

This year Mililani Trask is challenging Bob Lindsey for an OHA seat (on Big Island). She
won the primary election with slightly more votes than Bob ( Bo Kahui got ). If Mililani
wins, as an incredibly loud and outspoken voice on issues, she could
realistically neutralize OHA from taking a position on much of anything.
Bob has been on the right side of most things, but more importantly,
he’s logical, reasonable, smart, and most of all he isn’t in it for
himself.

I have to disclose I’ve had Mililani Trask come after me and accuse me
of all sorts of crazy things from being a racist to “anti-renewable
energy” and everything in-between. She has clearly made things up about
people when it is convenient, but worst of all, appears to have a
serious conflict of interest in some issues because she has a personal
financial stake in her agenda.

Here’s Ian Lind’s blog coverage of that:

Rep. Chris Lee drawn into pre-election exchange with Mililani Trask, OHA candidate

Here’s what I wrote laying it all out:

IDG lobbyist Mililani Trask unhappy I chose our community over her employer

This is the single, most important race of the year, because it could
have profound and long-lasting effects on our ability to do anything
significant to protect our environment in Hawaii. It’s late in the
election cycle with just weeks to go. But now is the most critical time
to get involved, and a statement or endorsement means more now than it
ever would before. I’ve spent a LOT of my own political capital and
taken serious personal risks getting involved with this, but it’s that
important and I refuse to stand idly by while our ability to protect the
things we cherish most about this state is flushed away.

I’m asking for your help to reach out to other SC board members and
consider getting involved. Forward this along to the other board members
if it helps. This is the most important election this year and we need
to do something about it. Feel free to call me anytime if you want to
talk, or I’m happy to meet to discuss.

Thanks for your time and consideration,
Chris Lee”

October 20, 2016

Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Draft Master Plan EISPN

Aloha Friends and Supporters of the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Draft Master Plan,

mtolomanaThis plan incorporates most of the features of the Community Plan developed in the 1950s when developers wanted to turn Kawainui Marsh into another Hawaii Kai. I have worked 30 years to establish a management plan for Kawainui Marsh.  The current Master Plan takes the plan I have worked so long to see implemented and incorporates almost everything proposed in that original plan into the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Master Plan. This is the plan the Kailua Community envisioned 60 years ago and I support it.

I urge you to reject the misinformation being circulated by those who oppose the Plan and study the Plan for yourself.  Look at what is proposed and what is currently there. Ask your self, “Which do I prefer?” You can view the plan by clicking here.

The latest development in the planning process is the issuance of the EIS Preparation Notice. The opportunity for public comment closes on October 24, 2016—just a few days away. It is critical that we move quickly through this Public Notice process in order that the EIS Draft can commence. It will be at the time of the issue of the EIS Draft that the public will be able to comment on the details of the plan and decide what can be supported and what is not acceptable. For now, we ask that you express your support by e-mailing the letter below (or revise as needed) with your name and contact information: 

I support the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex Plan in its entirety because of the following invaluable educational, recreational, cultural, and environmental gains:

*The plan would accomplish the restoration of the wetland ponds, thus opening up areas for endangered birds, fish, and estuary organisms.

*The master plan would enhance educational access and quality by providing education facilities, trails, and viewing platforms for hands-on learning experiences.

*The marsh plan recognizes that the Hawaiian presence, along with native Hawaiian cultural/educational centers at the marsh, is the key to its restoration and preservation, the continuation of educational and stewardship programs, and preservation of cultural sites there.

The plan confirms, not denigrates, this wetland and will restore it to some of its ancient pre-eminence. It has survived all the centuries of use, neglect and abuse, but still functions as a living organism, waiting to be restored to fuller utilization. It deserves to be shared, not fenced off, or relegated to secondary status. It deserves the respect and restorative efforts that the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex Plan provides and sanctions.

Three important things the Master plan fails to address are:

  1. Food sustainability and the potential to grow native foods in and around the marshes and
  2. Establishment of minimum stream flows required to maintain the health of the marsh and its tributary streams as required by HRS § 174C-71 protection of instream uses.
  3. US Army Corps of Engineers and DOFAW need to construct an underground conduit passage for the flow of water from Kawainui into the Hamakua Canal to re-establish water flow and improve the water circulation and health of Ka’elepulu Stream.

We are:

  • Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi
  • Conservation Council For Hawaii
  • Hui Kailua-Kawainui Ka Wai Ola
  • Kailua Historical Society
  • Pacific American Foundation

Submit your testimony to:
HHF Planners
Ronald A. Sato, AICP, Senior Associate
Email: rsato@hhf.com

WITH A COPY SENT TO:
State of Hawai‘i
Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Ms. Marigold Zoll, O‘ahu Forestry and Wildlife Manager
Email: Marigold.S.Zoll@hawaii.gov

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